English Folk-Songs for Schools (1906):
“This Old Man”
by Cecil Sharp, Sabine Baring-Gould

English Folk-Songs for Schools

Title: “This Old Man”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1906

Publisher: J. Curwen & Sons
Written by: Cecil Sharp, Sabine Baring-Gould

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 3550

1 characters in this story:

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Pub. #
This Old Man This Old Man (Jack Jintle)
(lead character)
non-feature lead character
  [1st app: Jack Jintle (1875)] unknown 4

This is the earliest known printed version of the nursery rhyme "This Old Man" which is essentially in the modern form known today.

The rhyme is known to predate this publication by many decades. In the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Anne Gilchrist describes a somewhat version of the nursery rhyme which she learned from her Welsh nurse in the 1870s.